Really massive summer direction recorded in June, the number coming to Turkey Russians almost broke the mark of 1 million This is the highest rate at least since 2010
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In June 2018, Turkey, according to its Ministry of culture and tourism, visited 990 thousand Russians. This is an absolute record since at least 2010.
Previous the absolute maximum was reached in may of this year, 864 thousand Russians. Last year the largest number of Russian tourists was recorded in July — almost 836 thousand To this bar in the 800 thousand people per month Russian tourist flow to Turkey has been overcome only in the summer of 2014.
In June of this year, every fifth of arrivals in Turkey was a citizen of the Russian Federation. The proportion of Russians in the total tourist arrivals reached nearly 22%, follows from materials of the Turkish Ministry of culture and tourism. A similar figure in Germany — just 10%, Britain — 7%.
Billions on tourists
In just the first six months Turkey was visited by nearly 2.4 million Russians. Every foreigner in Turkey spends an average of $682 (including costs of travel and accommodation), it follows from the local Ministry of culture and tourism in January—March. If you focus on these figures, in January—June of this year Russians have left Turkey for more than $1.6 billion.
No other field direction can not compete in popularity among the Russians with Turkey. Until June of 2018 statistics are available only for Cyprus, Thailand and Vietnam. In the first month of summer Russian tourist flow to these countries, according to their statistical services and Trofimov, equaled 123 thousand, 48 thousand and 38 thousand people (Thailand and Vietnam are most in demand in the winter season).
In Spain last summer depending on the month rest 149-186 thousand Russians. Greece monthly inbound tourist flow does not provide mid-2016 in June of that year the country was visited by 79 thousand Russians.
Rosstat data on travel abroad on a monthly basis does not publish.
Major players in Turkey are tour operators Coral Travel, Anex Tour “Pegas Touristik”. In 2017, the host company in Antalya took 1.1 million, 946 thousand and 877 thousand tourists, respectively, reported by the Turkish branch edition Turizmgazetesi.
The rapid growth of tourist arrivals to Turkey in the beginning of the summer season was primarily due to early booking, the General Director of “Pegas Touristik” Anna Podgornaya. According to her, in the early years of the Turkish hoteliers suggested conditions which at times was better than in previous years. Stock early booking in January—March was really successful, has been Executive Director of the Association of tour operators of Russia Maya Lomidze. But, she said, since April, the depth of sales, most tour operators were small: sold primarily budget tours and, as a rule, at the last moment.
Now there is a reduction of the flight programs in many areas, including in Turkey, announced on Wednesday, August 1, Lomidze. She believes that this July and August, to overcome the bar to 1 million Russian tourist flow to Turkey will not succeed. Statistics show that the growth rate of tourist arrivals in this summer season with each passing month decrease in April, the start of the season, it was 61% compared to the same period in 2017, in may to 42% in June — 30%.
In July tourist arrivals to Turkey is still growing, but at a slow pace, the same will happen in the remaining months, so strap in 1 million Russians per month will remain unsurpassed, agrees Podgorny. “Unfortunately, consumer activity remains low,” says the General Director of “Pegas Touristik”. On sale this summer season negatively influenced by a weak ruble and rising aviation fuel, was recognized in June, the tour operators.